One of the most complex challenges of managing remote work is how to improve employee recognition in the virtual workplace. Here are three guidelines to help you achieve just that.
What Is Employee Recognition and Why Is It Important?
As its name suggests, employee recognition entails making a systematic effort to acknowledge your employees’ achievements.
Fostering positive feelings will make any task easier for your team, but it also comes with tangible benefits for your company—research shows that happy employees are 12% more productive than their unhappy counterparts.
Generic praise that feels unearned is unlikely to stimulate your team. Pay close attention to your team’s work: the decisions they make, the way they handle demanding situations, and the things they do to rise to the challenge of remote work. When you notice an action that you consider remarkable, make it a point to acknowledge it in detail so your team knows that you notice their effort—paying attention is the most basic form of recognition.
Make It Personal
Remote work poses a basic challenge when it comes to employee recognition: How to make the acknowledgment feel personal? The first step, as mentioned earlier, is to be specific with your praise. This is the substance of your message. As for the delivery, favor one-on-one video calls, or group video calls when appropriate. This medium may not be able to convey the whole array of non-verbal cues we send when we talk in person, but right now it’s the most personal means of communication you have at your disposal.
Align Your Recognition Program With Your Values
As you may have noticed, avoiding the generic is a recurring idea in employee recognition. Neither the praise you offer nor the way you deliver it should feel impersonal or automatic. Your entire employee recognition program should reflect and reinforce the values that inform the unique culture of your company.
Beyond its immediate positive effects, this approach strengthens your organization in the long term. During times of uncertainty, a strong company culture is an asset that helps keep your team engaged and focused on their mission.
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